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June 2, 2006

Jordanian Editors Get Two Months

Jihad al-Momani and Hashim al-Khalidi, chief editors of newspapers in Jordan that reprinted some of the Danish Cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed that set off worldwide protests earlier this year, were given sentences of two months each for "harming religious feelings."

Al-Momani made the international newswires when he was fired from Shihan after publishing three of the cartoons in January; ironically, the reprinting was, he claimed, aimed to educate his readers to the full range and effect of the offense perpetrated by the original publication. It was later learned that al-Khalidi had published the cartoons in al-Mihwar at a reduced size in November in an editorial criticizing their original publication in Jyllands-Posten.

Their lawyer plans to appeal.
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